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World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles

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When I started watching World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles (Sony Pictures) in DVD, it is so similar to the Independence Day movie in 1996. One good thing about this movie is it tackled mostly the human factor and emotion during an alien invasion. Comparing it to Independence Day, which is more extreme heroism with a mix of cynicism due to the comedic and sarcastic approach. Battle Los Angeles seems to be more toned down with its heroic acts, which makes it more real and believable.

The storyline became more real as it never was a perfect plan but a series of trial and errors, and in each attempt they do it caused lives, which again is very relatable, and instead of criticizing them, the tendency is to understand the rationality why it had to happen.

I have no specific comment on the actors, which is a good thing because I believed them in their role and character. The scene when William Martinez (Ramon Rodriguez) died I was in a way relieved because it goes to show what experience does matter in this sort of situations and they way he died was indeed heroic in his own way. Aaron Eckhart was perfect for the role of a mature, retiring Marie Staff Sergeant, Michael Nantz. And of course I must make special mention of Michelle Rodriguez as Elena Santos. I guess she could be type casted for war movies, not that it’s a bad thing but she’s very good at it – the female machismo.

Somewhere in the middle of the film, you tend to wonder when will this end because of the action and battle scenes were just never-ending but it goes to show that once you accept and appreciate the movie, it does take you on the journey.

I particularly like the ending because it makes you use your imagination that the war is not over and the teamwork of the rest of the platoon would persevere and determined to defeat the aliens. It didn’t leave an impression of heroism on the platoon but it’s just the way they were disciplined in their training. Probably a lesson we could all learn in our daily lives.

Here After

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Clint Eastwood, the director of the movie, has done it again. Here After (Warner Bros.) is a beautiful masterpiece and a witty way of merging the trilogies, having a single plot of dealing with afterlife experiences not to mention that relationship each have with the other.

I am not one bit surprised with Matt Damon’s role as George. One thing that is refreshing is that he doesn’t have any action scenes unlike his past and more popular movies. This way you tend to appreciate the raw talent focusing on actions and reactions to things and situation.

Other cast members also were exceptional. The short role of Bryce Dallas Howard was also mind-blowing especially the scene where George was forced to tell the past of Melanie and despite the warnings, she still insisted that resulted in a one-take tear dropping which was so perfect for that instance. Cecile De France (as Marie Lelay) was great in her own right. Though admittedly I had to focus more on the subtitles that I was not able to “really” notice her performance. One of the things that got me was the scene between George and Marcus (Frankie McLaren) when he was “connecting” with him, describing how his brother is. That was a true tearjerker scene. You could actually feel the pain of Marcus.

It’s been months since I encountered such a brilliant film and it’s such a pleasant surprise since, at first, I do not have any impressions of the movie – probably the reason why I deeply enjoy this film.

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